1980 in the United States

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1980 in the United States
Years: 1977 1978 197919801981 1982 1983

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Events from the year 1980 in the United States.

Incumbents

Federal Government

Events

January

January 27: The Canadian Caper rescues six hostages from Iran

February

March

April

April 15: The Mariel boatlift begins
  • April 1 – New York City's Transport Works Union Local 100 goes on strike, which continues for 11 days.
  • April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.
  • April 15 – A mass exodus of Cubans to the United States known as the Mariel boatlift begins. It ends on October 31 by agreement between the two countries.
  • April 21 – Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.
  • April 24–25 – Operation Eagle Claw, a commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation.
  • April 24 – Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.

May

June

July

July 16: Reagan is nominated as the Republican candidate for President

August

September

October

November

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November 4: Reagan defeats Carter in a landslide

December

December 8: The Dakota, where John Lennon was shot

Ongoing

Births

Deaths

See also: Deaths in 1980

See also

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